Cadet Life

Typical Day at the Academy


A Typical Day at the U.S. Air Force Academy

  • Cadets at USAFA develop a rhythm meet all of the requirements of their busy schedules.
  • All of our students need to develop personal discipline and a regimented schedule to accomplish their daily tasks.
  • The day starts early in the morning with a 7:00 AM breakfast meal and keeps the students busy mentally and physically until a Taps at 11:00 PM. In between, they have their academics, athletics, military training and clubs keeping them engaged.

Having a regimented schedule, I think, is the only way to get by here. This wouldn't work if you don't have the schedule.

The way that the discipline is a benefit to the students, is that they have to, in the course of so many hours each day, accomplish a certain number of tasks and to do them well.

In a typical day at the academy, you wake up early in the morning, for fourth class cadets, you call minutes.

You usually start out with a mandatory breakfast at 7:20 in the morning.

Once you're done to breakfast, you go to classes.

You have a mandatory lunch 11:55.

After that, you have more classes, and then you have intramurals.

You have academic call to quarters in the evening from 7:00 to 10:45, which is taps.

Every day, it almost the same, so you get into a rhythm. It really helps because it helps you manage your time. I guess it helps you prioritize what's important and what's not.

And in order to get it done, they have to discipline themselves in the way that they're going to use their time, discipline the way they're going to use their resources in order to accomplish the project with enough time to move on to the very next thing.

The regimentation of the schedule allows us to be successful. Without that, I don't know how you get done what my students get done.

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